Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Camp Hill Students & Faculty Ready for the Future with Fiber Network

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Camp Hill Students & Faculty Ready for the Future with Fiber Network

Article excerpt

When the Camp Hill School District, located outside of Harrisburg, Pa., decided to "futureproof" their network, they turned to AMP, also in Harrisburg, to manage their entire infrastructure upgrade. The upgrade would span their two elementary schools, one high school and administrative building.

"Prior to our implementation or even our decision to re-wire, we reviewed all our cabling and infrastructure options with AMP, and they worked with the installers to ensure that our cabling needs were addressed while giving us a single point of accountability for the entire project," says Dr. Cornelius Cain, the district's superintendent of schools.

Making a Decision

The decision to install fiber optic cable involved students, teachers, staff and parents. "We involved the entire community in our decision because we wanted everyone's input," comments Cain. "We basically assembled a technology plan and urged input from faculty and staff, who'd be using the new system, as well as parents and students."

Because closet space was very limited within the schools and fiber provided the best upgrade path, a centralized optical fiber cabling design, which collapsed all fibers within each facility to a single closet, was implemented. Also employed was AMP's Centralized Network Administration (CAN) concept, which centralizes all network equipment in a single closet within each facility, maximizing port utilization and minimizing LAN administration costs.

The central closet for the entire district is located at the high school, which also houses the main server -- a Compaq 2500 rack-mount unit running Windows NT. Camp Hill is running a Microsoft NT 4.0 network operating system and MS Exchange Server 5.0 as their e-mail program. Via aerial-routed inter-building fiber backbone cable, central closets at each of the other buildings house a mini server running each of the facility's applications and network electronics.

Classrooms in all four buildings utilize the AMP Wireless LAN System, which allows teachers, staff, and students to access the network via RF from their laptop computers. The wireless access points within each classroom are interconnected via horizontal and backbone fiber to 10BaseT hubs within the central closet. Hubs are segmented via switch technology and interconnected through a 100BaseT backbone. …

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